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Emily Lamia

Emily Lamia
Emily Lamia
Emily Lamia

Founder & CEO at Pivot Journeys LLC

@pivotjourneys

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I run my own business called Pivot Journeys. My company offers career coaching and organizational development consulting.

I spend my days doing a mix of things that all relate to helping people grow and develop in their career and find meaningful work. I work one-on-one supporting professionals through career transitions, host small group workshops for those looking to design the next phase in their career, and help teams create strengths-based cultures that increase their productivity and collaboration.

How would you define your professional mission?

My professional mission is to help people grow and develop in their careers, specifically through self-discovery.

I believe that when individuals increase their understanding of themselves and those they work with, they are better able to thrive and succeed in their careers. Call it soft skills, EQ, or interpersonal skills – it’s all about using self-awareness to excel professionally. I’m on a journey to spread that self-discovery process far and wide so that building a meaningful career is less overwhelming and confusing, and more exciting and rewarding for everyone.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

There are tons of coaches out in the world with lots of different strengths, but I think all successful coaches have these qualities: Genuine passion for helping people; Solid relationship-building skills; Drive; Perseverance; Comfort with not knowing exactly how things are going to unfold and change.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I started my career working in politics. I worked on various electoral campaigns, and for the Democratic National Committee with the goal of electing people to the White House and Congress that shared my values.

In that process, I ended up running a membership association that helped people in progressive politics find jobs and hire talented people. I got a chance to be an entrepreneur and build the small organization (called Democratic GAIN), which focused on career development. And I was able to get experience career coaching and training. After working with people one-on-one, my mission shifted to focusing on individuals who I see as the catalyst for long-term change in the world.

After getting a graduate degree and working for a few years for the Girl Scouts of the USA running their National Board office, I launched my business.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

There’s nothing like getting an email from a past client saying how much they’re loving their current job. Or hearing from a client that they finally have clarity about what kind of opportunity they’re looking for, and that they’re much less anxious about their career path. Or getting to see the shift in a team’s productivity, energy and culture after a team retreat.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

When I work with people I always talk about ‘bright spots’ – aka those times you feel energized, excited, proud, successful at what you’re working on. I know my job is the right fit for me because I have bright spots almost every day. I think the more bright spots you have, the more your job feels like the right fit.

What is your morning ritual?

A big cup of coffee and the New York Times for a whole un-interrupted hour in the morning on my couch. Then another cup of coffee.

What does success look like to you?

To me, being successful is about being genuinely happy in the work you do. Getting paid to wake up and do something that gives me the chance to use my talents and makes other people’s lives better feels like success to me.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

‘You get more with sugar than vinegar.’ So, so true.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

At the very first Ellevate event I went to, I met an awesome woman who ended up in my squad. We connected a few times over the next few months, and she ended up being a part of my company's Life Design Series program a few months later. It’s been awesome having her in the group!